Playing against some of the nation’s best, at the 2013 Nike Hoops Summit in Portland, Dante Exum stole the show . In 23 minutes, the 6″6 point guard recorded a statistical line of 16 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals, on 6-8 shooting, helping to lead the U19 international team to a 112-98 victory.
Now, the Melbourne, Australia native is confirming what many had hoped and expected. Exum will be a part of the heavily hyped, 2014 NBA draft class.
Exum is widely considered to be a lock as a top-five pick and it is easy to understand why. The jack of all trades point guard has a 6″9 wingspan, can get to the basket of one dribble, is extremely creative with the ball and like any good point guard, he knows how to make those around him better.
The international sensation who so many know so little about, can even slide over to the two-guard spot and wreak havoc. In fact, that is exactly how he attacked the U19 National team at the Nike Hoops Summit, as Atlanta Hawks first round pick, Dennis Schroeder handled the point guard duties.
While Exum needs to improve his shooting, particularly from beyond-the-arc. where he shot just 33 percent from, during the Hoops Summit. It is this ability to attack from the two-guard position that makes him such a great fit on practically any team.
In Phoenix, when Eric Bledsoe was healthy, Jeff Hornacek employed a two point guard oriented offense. The Suns used this unique and aggressive style of offense to surpass anything close to what was expected from them this season. With EB in the line up, Phoenix is 16-8, per NBA.com.
When you look at the teams’ hovering around the bottom of the league, many are already set at the point guard position. However, being able to slide Exum in, next to the likes of a Rajon Rondo, Kyrie Irving, or Trey Burke, would create a lethal backcourt combination, should any of these teams’ be so lucky to land the versatile import.
I leave you with highlights from Exums performance at the 2013 Nike Hoops Summit. Enjoy:
Per Chad Ford, Exum is hiring Rob Pelinka and Brandon Rosenthal of Landmark Sports Agency to represent him.